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  • Drought In The World’s Largest Temperate Rainforest? July 17, 2019
    Extreme drought in a rainforest might seem like an oxymoron, but it isn’t.
  • Texas Agriculture – Growing in Many Ways July 17, 2019
      The recent release of the 2017 Census of Agriculture provides an opportunity to remind the general public about the importance and diversity of U.S. agriculture – and Texas is no exception! The Lone Star State ranks first in the nation for total number of farms with just over 248,000, which account for more than […]
  • Wyoming Agriculture: Growing for the Future July 12, 2019
    Once again, the 2017 Census of Agriculture shows Wyoming producers operated the largest farms and ranches in the U.S. with an average of 2,430 acres per farm, over five times the national average size.
  • Drones Provide Eye-in-the-Sky to Help Fight Fires July 9, 2019
    Wildfires blackened nearly 8.8 million acres in the United States last year, highlighted in the news by California’s Camp Fire, the deadliest in that state’s history.
  • Giants Fans Can Find Solace in California, U.S. Agriculture’s MVP in Sales July 5, 2019
    It might not be the Giants’ year in baseball, but in U.S. agriculture, California is clearly the MVP in sales. According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, California’s 70,527 farmers ranked No. 1 in agricultural sales with $45.2 billion; this accounted for nearly 12 percent of the U.S. total and was over $16 billion more […]
  • Let the Stars be your Fireworks for a Safe Fourth of July July 3, 2019
    The country’s annual celebration of its independence is not complete without family gatherings, picnics, parades, and the sights and sounds of fireworks.
  • Kansas: A Leader in Wheat, Grain Sorghum, and Beef Production July 3, 2019
    Kansas farmers know how to grow wheat. In 2017, Kansas ranked No. 1 in wheat production, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Kansas farms produced 319 million bushels of wheat from 7 million harvested acres, accounting for almost 18 percent of all wheat grown in the United States.
  • The Science Behind a Favorite Summertime Treat July 2, 2019
    Many people consider watermelon a delicious summer treat — whether in granitas, salads or simply freshly sliced. It’s not surprising that July is National Watermelon Month.
  • Wildfires in All Seasons? June 27, 2019
    In recent decades the number, severity and overall size of wildfires has increased across much of the U.S. In fact, the 2018 wildfire season in California recorded the largest fire in acres burned, most destructive fire in property loss and deadliest fires in the state’s history.
  • Across the Country, USDA Kicks Off Summer Meals June 26, 2019
    The school year is out and summer meals are in! Around the country, places like schools, recreation centers, parks, churches, and libraries are serving free, nutritious summer meals to kids up to 18 years old through USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

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